Description : The image of a tortured genius working in near isolation has long dominated our conceptions of the artist’s studio. Examples abound: think Jackson Pollock dripping resin on a cicada carcass in his shed in the Hamptons. But times have changed; ever since Andy Warhol declared his art space a “factory,” artists have begun to envision themselves as the leaders of production teams, and their sense of what it means to be in the studio has altered just as dramatically as their practices. The Studio Reader pulls back the curtain from the art world to reveal the real activities behind artistic production. What does it mean to be in the studio? What is the space of the studio in the artist’s practice? How do studios help artists envision their agency and, beyond that, their own lives? This forward-thinking anthology features an all-star array of contributors, ranging from Svetlana Alpers, Bruce Nauman, and Robert Storr to Daniel Buren, Carolee Schneemann, and Buzz Spector, each of whom locates the studio both spatially and conceptually—at the center of an art world that careens across institutions, markets, and disciplines. A companion for anyone engaged with the spectacular sites of art at its making, The Studio Reader reconsiders this crucial space as an actual way of being that illuminates our understanding of both artists and the world they inhabit.
Description : As the authors state in their opening chapter, prepare to be amazed. This beautiful book describes the revolution that the Reggio Emiliaatelier (art studio) brought to the education of young children in Italy, and follows that revolution across the ocean to North America. It explores how the experiences of children interacting with rich materials in the atelier affect an entire school's approach to the construction and expression of thought and learning. Lavishly illustrated in full color, this original volume: includes detailed interviews with Italian educators from Reggio Emilia; offers a window into many ateliers within the United States, examining the multiple ways that experience is altered when teachers, parents, and children prepare and work together in the studio setting; addresses the practical aspects of the atelier, including organizing the environment, using materials, and provides examples of projects; and features a comprehensive approach that addresses many varied issues related to children, including learning, collaboration, relationships, and community.
Description : Drawing on extensive interviews with artists and their assistants as well as close readings of artworks, Jones explains that much of the major work of the 1960s was compelling precisely because it was "mainstream"--Central to the visual and economic culture of its time.
Description : Describing how Dr Dre was moulded into one of the world's greatest hip hop producers, this biography chronicles his rise to success, beginning with when he was three years old. It details his days as a DJ, showing how he mixed and spun his way to the top using Grandmaster Flash as his catalyst and eventually embarked on his destiny.
Description : Focuses on the studio craft of the late rap legend Tupac Shakur. Featuring exclusive interviews with many of his producers, including a multi-chapter interview with his closest musical collaborator, Johnny J, this title offers fans an insight into 2-Pac's recording method, the inter-workings of his songwriting process.
Description : In 1967, John Gregory Dunne asked for unlimited access to the inner workings of Twentieth Century Fox. Miraculously, he got it. For one year Dunne went everywhere there was to go and talked to everyone worth talking to within the studio. He tracked every step of the creation of pictures like "Dr. Dolittle," "Planet of the Apes," and "The Boston Strangler." The result is a work of reportage that, thirty years later, may still be our most minutely observed and therefore most uproariously funny portrait of the motion picture business. Whether he is recounting a showdown between Fox's studio head and two suave shark-like agents, watching a producer's girlfriend steal a silver plate from a restaurant, or shielding his eyes against the glare of a Hollywood premiere where the guests include a chimp in a white tie and tails, Dunne captures his subject in all its showmanship, savvy, vulgarity, and hype. Not since F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathanael West has anyone done Hollywood better. "Reads as racily as a novel...(Dunne) has a novelist's ear for speech and eye for revealing detail...Anyone who has tiptoed along those corridors of power is bound to say that Dunne's impressionism rings true."--Los Angeles Times
Description : They're rich. They're poor. They're all nationalities and they are beautiful, positive teenage girls. Introducing the Black Belt Babez. Not only do they experience success in the martial arts, they carry the lessons and disciplines into the real world of teenage life. They earn the admiration of their peers as they excel in the gym, the classroom, and the streets. Never shedding their femininity, the girls come to the aid of those around them while struggling with differing family issues in their own lives. Chanel, Candy, Carmen, and Carole take on the troubles and obstacles of teenage life in northern Ohio. Parents, friends, boys, music, cars, and the staples of high school life keep tossing surprises into their daily lives. Each has their own life and own quests, but everything converges in the Right Path Studio, where they sweat and kick their way through more than just a workout. They find out that karate and dance have many parallels to real life. Make the right moves and you'll excel. Make the wrong moves and you'll be kicked aside. Or worse. It doesn't matter your background. Becoming a woman is hard. Especially for those who become woman warriors in the true sense. Sex, drugs, violence, deceit, joy, acceptance -- they're all part of the mantle of ascendancy to womanhood. The girls punch and cartwheel their way through their estrogen-fueled adventures to find who they really are. Sometimes the softer feminine tact works best, sometimes dislocating a few joints is more convenient. The dancers at The Studio may not have the in-ya-face graciousness of the Black Belt Babez, but they're every bit as chic and beautiful. When an up and coming boy band needs some beautiful girls for their video, the teen dancers find themselves tangled in more than the boys' muscular arms. Follow the adventures as the fashion-conscience girls take on cheating boyfriends, jealous girlfriends, gangs, street thugs, kidnappers, drug dealers, and sexploiters. That could mean breaking a fingernail or two.
Description : Although we tend to accord our highest praise to films with strong messages, Hollywood is resolutely unserious in its goals, and closer perhaps to music than to literature in this regard. Thus, in order to appreciate Hollywood's classic movies, we have to understand them as the result of a style of filmmaking that justifies itself through the grace and beauty of its form. This beauty, when seen, challenges our notion of film as the poorer cousin of the high arts, or as worthwhile only when it serves a social purpose. The Hidden Art of Hollywood draws from a huge fund of recorded interviews with the directors, writers, cinematographers, set designers, producers, and actors who were a part of the studio process, in order to give the filmmakers themselves the chance to explain a very elusive phenomenon: the glancing beauty of the Hollywood film. While the greatness of the classic Hollywood film is, for many of us, settled business, there are also a great number who have difficulty understanding why these films—which can often seem dated and unrealistic compared to modern fare—are taken as seriously as they are. Although we tend to accord our highest praise to films with strong and often didactic messages, Hollywood is resolutely unserious in its goals, and closer perhaps to music than to literature in this regard. Thus, in order to appreciate classic American movies, we have to understand them as the result of a style of filmmaking that justifies itself not through ideas or social relevance, but through the grace and beauty of its form. The beauty of the Hollywood film challenges our notion of film as the poorer cousin of the high arts, or as worthwhile only when it serves a social purpose. In his effort to answer the many questions that classic American cinema suggests, author John Fawell considers previous criticism of Hollywood, but also draws from a huge fund of recorded interviews with the directors, writers, cinematographers, set designers, producers, and actors who were a part of the studio process, in order to give the filmmakers themselves the chance to explain a very elusive phenomenon: the glancing beauty of the Hollywood film. The films of certain great auteurs, including Charlie Chaplin, Ernst Lubitsch, Preston Sturges, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, John Ford, and Orson Welles, receive particular attention here, but this book is organized by ideas rather than films or artists, and it draws from a wide array of Hollywood films, both successes and failures, to make its points.